Blues America Radio
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Promoting the "keep the blues alive" movement by documenting the stories that continue to influence this powerful genre while venerating the Blues; an African-American folklore which evolved into American's original art form and shaped today’s modern popular music. Blues America has a large national audience and is independently produced by award winning host Drew Verbis at the Chico Chism Memorial Studio in Phoenix.
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Blues America 107 -Miss Blues
Dorothy Ellis is better known by her stage name, Miss Blues. A moniker earned, not in church, but the cotton patches and juke joints of Direct, Texas; a town barely found on the map and where a preacher once declared everyone born there was headed directly to hell. Her mother died before she reached her mid-teens. Broke and hungry, she took a bus as far North as a few cents would take her looking for opportunity and arriving in Oklahoma City. There she fronted a band called the Rockin’ Aces which featured Chuck Berry’s guitarist, D.C. Minner. Tired of working in kitchens for white people, she worked towards a higher education, earning a Master’s degree. Today, Miss Blues is considered a legend in Oklahoma and appropriately resides in the Blues Hall of Fame and the Jazz Hall of Fame. Although she hasn’t toured much, she has released a handful of critically acclaimed studio albums and regularly performs at festivals in Oklahoma.